The Ottoman Empire Synopsis
The book charts the remarkable rise of the Ottoman Empire: a small tribe built an empire in Central Asia and expanded into Byzantine territory and then into the heart of Europe itself, all while conquering large swaths of territory in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The Ottoman Empire reached its zenith in the sixteenth century under Suleiman the Magnificent, whose forces threatened the gates of Vienna, and gradually diminished thereafter until Mehmed VI was sent into exile by Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk). This expansion went on unchecked for 200 years, then began a long period of decline. It then completely fell apart in the First World War, when the empire was divided up by the European powers, creating many of the disputes in the Middle East that last to the present day.
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About Lord Kinross
John Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross (25 June 1904 – 4 June 1976) was a Scottish historian and writer noted for his biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and other works on Islamic history.
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